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Research Associate Specialist (Plant Pathology) - R00070829
LSU Agricultural and A&M College

Date Posted Aug. 16, 2022
Title Research Associate Specialist (Plant Pathology) - R00070829
University LSU Agricultural and A&M College
Alexandria, LA, United States
Department Rapides Parish
Application Deadline Sep. 1, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Plant Pathology
    Agricultural - General


Work Location:  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Alexandria Louisiana


Position Description:  The incumbent will provide support for the project leader conducting research and extension programs addressing variety screening for disease resistance and crop disease management in agronomic crops. Research will be conducted on LSU AgCenter research stations and on-farm locations. The successful candidate will be expected to operate and maintain various types of research equipment associated with the program and use computer software for data management, statistical analysis, and preparation of presentations for the project leader. Other responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, calibrating, operating sprayer equipment, fertilizer applicators, planters, as well as operate tillage implements, and harvesting equipment. Routine duties will include plot establishment and maintenance, data collection and analysis and assist with preparation of reports. During busy times of year, it may be necessary to work beyond the normal 8-hour workday. Travel to off site locations will be necessary. In addition, the incumbent will have responsibility for supervising other support personnel.


Qualification Requirements:  A bachelor’s degree in plant sciences, agronomy, horticulture, plant pest management, other agricultural curriculums or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Other degree may be accepted with experience or education related to job duties. Computer skills required. Experience with field pathology research is preferred. Demonstrated experience with research field equipment operation and maintenance is highly desired.


Salary and Benefits:  Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.


Date Available: September 6, 2022 or upon completion of the interview process.


Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 or until an acceptable applicant is found.


Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, official university transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:


Boyd Padgett, Professor/Plant Pathology

Dean Lee Research and Extension Center

8105 Tom Bowman Dr.

Alexandria, LA 71302

Telephone: 318-473-6520



The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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